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Health Information Technology

16 Months - Associate of Specialized Technology Degree
Health Information Technology School in Erie Pennsylvania

Program Overview

The Health Information Technology program is designed to provide the knowledge and hands on skills necessary to obtain entry level employment in the health care field in areas of health information technology, medical billing and coding, medical records, and medical office administration.

The Health information Technology program provides the students with the opportunity to learn the basics of health information technology, including medical billing and coding, assembling and auditing patient health-care information, and collecting and analyzing data to improve patient care. Students will also learn to use computerized billing software and electronic health records. Students will also learn the methods of collecting patient data, calculating common healthcare statistics, and assisting in the management of a health care records department. The program concludes with an externship to provide hands-on working experience. The program is designed for the student with little or no prior experience in the field.

Course Outline

  • Medical Terminology & Anatomy I
  • Document Processing
  • Business Communication
  • Comprehensive Medical Office Procedures
  • Medical Terminology & Anatomy II
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Medical Billing and Insurance I
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Pathology for Allied Health Professionals
  • Computerized Medical Office Management
  • Medical Billing and Insurance II
  • Customer Service
  • Medical Coding I
  • Human Behavior for the Healthcare Professional
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Pharmacology Essentials
  • Math for the Health Care Professional
  • Medical Coding II
  • Health Information Management I
  • Written Communications
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Healthcare Statistics
  • Advanced Medical Coding
  • Health Information Management II
  • Health Info. Tech. Certification Review
  • Health Information Technology Externship

Certification Opportunities

Graduates of the Health Information Technology program are eligible to sit for the Billing & Coding (CBCS), Electronic Health Records (CEHRS), and Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certification exams offered by NHA. Students will sit for the CBCS exam held at the school during their last few weeks of externship. Certification is not a requirement for graduation. Graduates are also eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination through AAPC, although it is recommended graduates first obtain work experience. Note: Graduates are not eligible to sit for the RHIT exam.

Health Information Technology Job Placement Sites

Below is a list of employers who recently hired graduates of the Health Information Technology Program

  • Saint Vincent Medical Group, Erie PA
  • Millcreek Community Hospital, Erie PA
  • UPMC Hamot Coding, Erie PA
  • The Regional Cancer Center, Erie PA
  • Foot and Ankle Specialists of Ohio, Mentor OH
  • Arthritis Associates, Erie PA
  • Medicor Associates, Erie PA

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